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An Education In The Arts

An Education In The Arts
For some people art is just something you put on your refrigerator doors. It is something you have to do for schoolwork, or to while your time away. In truth, there truly is something beneath the surface of art that will tantalize every student and teacher. And this is the truth behind art education.

Q. What Is An Education In The Arts?
A. Art Education is the means by which a student gains an understanding of form and design. An education in the arts is typically divided into three areas – the fine arts, such as music, drama, sculpture or painting, the general arts, programs such as education, criminology, etc, and design, such as graphic design, web design, or interior design.

Q. Why Arts?
A. Art has a great power to influence people. It also has a significant effect on the history of man. Art may seem like it is just something pretty, but under the hood it boasts of a pretty powerful engine. One that has shaped the world, and indeed your very life. You can’t go one day in the span of your life without being exposed to some form of artistic design, from the

A wise man once said that an education in the arts is the absolute best education one can have because it exposes you to the most general field of studies. Over time, you will know a little about everything. If you chose a more specialized field, you would gradually learn more and more about less and less. And I’d rather know a little about everything than everything about something, don’t you agree?


1. Express Yourself

Art is by far one of the most rewarding careers because, unlike a career in the sciences or a trade, it allows you to express your creativity. And no two days are the same. The power to captivate and inspire is also very rewarding. Hasn’t the Mona Lisa drawn its share of oohs and aahs? And hasn’t many a tear been shed at the beautiful works of art around the world? Man has always expressed his deepest thoughts and desires in a tangible form. This form is Art.

Industries need artists who have had a good education in Art. Creating labels, stickers, and advertisements for their products isn’t easy. These things require plenty of thought and design. Every detail has been considered to make its effect on the consumer optimal. Have you ever been interested in a product simply because of the packaging? This is art at work.


2. Art Is Everywhere

– Color
– Psychology
– Design esthetics
– Advertisements
– Television & Movies
– Furniture
– Clothing

3. Who Should Study Art?

Almost everyone has gone to art class in grade school or high school. Even those who are not artists can benefit from an Art Education. They will come to appreciate the rich history and significance of Art.

4. I Want to Learn! How do I Sign Up?

Art education is not confined to undergrad studies. It also extends to tutors, art classes, vocational classes and other learning methods. Many schools exist that teach the history, principles and appreciation of Art. These schools carry the tradition of imparting to the next generation the significance of art.


5. The Rewards Of An Art Education

You may be tempted to think you will be able to wing it through a career without any formal training. That is possible, but not likely. Industries are on the lookout for those with professional education. Even with an education from a post-secondary institution, in this field, you never stop learning and keeping up with technology.

An Art Education is clearly important to artists and laymen alike. It may not be the path everyone takes, but it is the path that richly rewards those who take it. The riches here are not only of the material kind but that of a good education and a heightened appreciation of the world around you.




Pyrography- Owl -Mandalas-Handcrafted-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque


The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque features a lovely picture is produced by burning every detail into a piece of birch veneer plywood. Then, the plaque is then hand-painted with watercolors to draw out all of the details of the beautiful scene and enhance the realism of the design. The picture may also be left in its natural burnt state providing a more rustic leek. An acrylic clear finish is added to bring out the natural grain of the wood and preserve the work of art for years to come.

With its wood burnt and painted or unpainted border, the Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque is like a picture within a picture and instantly catches the eye when hung on a wall. The work of art bears the signature of the artist, L. Baber, at the bottom right corner of the image.

Measuring 12 inches by 12 inches in size, the Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque will make a charming addition to the wall of a living room, entry way, bedroom or den. The wall plaque is also a unique alternative to paintings, posters and prints for decorating vacation homes, cabins and offices.

The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque is completely handmade and is a true one-of-a-kind work of art. Each one is meticulously handcrafted from start to finish by the artist, rather than churned out along assembly lines by machines.

Handmade pyrography wood burnt wall plaque approx. 12 inches by 12 inches

on Birch veneer/plywood ,

Handcrafted One of a Kind and custom made in Seattle Washington USA

Please keep in mind that all items are handmade one of a kind by a real human beingand not a machine. Some variations and imperfections are part of the handmade process.

I would happy to price you a custom work if you send your ideal.



A Look At Airbrush Art Workshops

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A Look At Airbrush Art Workshops

Learning airbrush art from books and videos can only take you so far with your art. To take things to the next level and gain some insight straight from an expert, then enroll in an airbrush art workshop. Airbrush art workshops are offered around the world by many expert artists who will show you up close and personal how to create art like a pro. These workshops range from beginners to advanced classes. Each artist and each individual workshop will teach you something new and exciting about the world of airbrush art.Image result for airbrush art public domain images


The Learning and Product Expo: Art is one such place to take part in workshops with airbrush experts and gain some hands on experience. While under the supervision of an expert you can quickly learn where you are making some mistakes with your work. Expert instructors include Peter West and Pamela Shanteau who hold classes at the Learning and Product Expo: Art for beginners through to advanced.

AirBrush Action offers their Airbrush Getaway Workshops that run from a one day class to four day classes and are located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The workshops offered cover airbrush t-shirt art, murals on steel introduction, achieving photorealism, pinup art, pin striping and much more on airbrush art. The pricing for AirBrush Action’s workshops runs $150 for a one day class and $575 for the four day classes. This is a small price to pay to learn hands on with experts such as Cross-Eyed, Javier Soto, Jonathan Pantaleon and Craig Fraser.

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In the UK airbrush art workshops are being offered by Organic Image with instructor Beej Curtis. Beej Curtis instructs on airbrush art in 1 and 2 day classes covering different aspects of airbrush art. Beej Curtis also offers private 1 on 1 lessons for anyone wanting to learn in a more private setting. The private lessons are 3 day classes that will take you from beginner to advanced airbrush art techniques. If you have experience then start where you know and go forward advancing through airbrush art techniques.

Workshops can cover a wide variety of different styles and techniques of airbrush art. Makeup artists that practice airbrush art for makeup sometimes will offer workshops in their salons to teach the art of airbrush makeup. So when interested in learning about how to apply airbrush makeup then look into the websites for artist that practice this form of airbrush art. Usually they will have a place on their website that talks about offered workshops.  One such airbrush artist is Suzanne Patterson of Creative artistry. Suzanne Patterson has held several workshops teaching people hands on all about the art of applying airbrush makeup.

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With airbrush art is does not matter what your skill level is because there is a workshop out there for you. So even if you have read almost nothing on airbrush art or tried anything with airbrushes then learn all about it in a beginner’s airbrush workshop. Find the workshop that works for what you are wanting and needing to learn then get ready to learn hands on from the masters of airbrush art.

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Elephant and Owl Wood Burnt Art, Pyrography Art

The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque features a lovely picture is produced by burning every detail into a piece of birch veneer plywood. Then, the plaque is then hand-painted with watercolors to draw out all of the details of the beautiful scene and enhance the realism of the design.  The picture may also be left in its natural burnt state providing a more rustic leek.   An acrylic clear finish is added to bring out the natural grain of the wood and preserve the work of art for years to come.


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Fine Art & Collecting Information At Your Fingertips

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Fine Art & Collecting Information At Your Fingertips

The information resources available to every single person in society are now far more comprehensive than they have ever been before, thus facilitating the whole host of opportunities and advantages that are available out there for this generation to capitalize on. The standard of education is also higher than it ever was before and that can only be a good thing. In terms of fine art, there are a number of resources that any individual can turn to as and when the need takes them. There are publications and other sources of information that can offer advice about collecting, tips and hints, and give you plenty of material to research anything that you would like to know. This can especially be useful if you are looking to invest in a piece of art but do not know where to look!

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There are several sources that can provide this information on fine art and collecting, all of them equally as useful with their advantages and disadvantages. Different mediums suit different people though, so it is up to you which one of the following you choose to consult when you are in need of advice!

Books – Any good library will have several books on fine art and fine art collecting that you can tap into as and when necessary. Books can easily be considered as one of the best resources available because none of the other mediums are anywhere near as comprehensive as books can be when educating people about the fines arts. There are books out there on every single genre under the sun as well as the nature of art collecting, and so any piece of information that you need can be found somewhere in amongst the various pages! This may be a big help if you are thinking about investing in painting, for example, that you doubt the authenticity of. If the library does not have what you are looking for then the massive bookstores online and offline probably can. There is a massive range of books available and if you cannot find the one you want anywhere else then you can always find it online – guaranteed!

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Magazines – Magazines differ from books only in the fact that they have interviews with artists, are not as large in terms of the scope of each individual issue, and are regularly available via good newsagents and subscriptions alike. However, art magazines are essential in keeping you up to date with all of the latest news in the art world and information about fairs and lectures that you may be interested in.

Internet – The Internet has a whole host of information available to dealers and collectors alike. There are literally masses out there, but you do have to be careful with the reliability of some of the information because it is not always 100% accurate. The specialist and official art websites are excellent resources though and can reveal lots of lovely information that you would never have known otherwise. All you have to do is use a search engine to find those sites and then bookmark them so that you can easily get bac

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k to them any time you like.


Gallery/Museum – The people working at galleries and museums are usually especially knowledgeable about art and can refer you on to someone who will know the answer to the question you ask if they do not know themselves. They will usually be only to happy to help you so it is certainly worth stopping to have a quick conversation with them if you need to know something and prefer to talk to a person than read or spend time searching on the Internet.

As you can see, there is a wealth of information out there and the can certainly help you to find out what you need to know. These sources can also help to build up your knowledge of collecting art, thus turning your hobby into a passion!

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ART of Mandalas- Set Your intentions


Once wе hаvе ѕеt оur intеntiоn, we begin tо fосuѕ оn thе mandala. Let уоur eyes tаkе in thе bеаutу of thе designs, allowing your mind to wаndеr аѕ it will. If уоur mind bеginѕ to chatter (i.е., I ѕhоuld dо lаundrу, have tо gеt milk, nееd to finiѕh thаt rероrt fоr work), simply bring уоur аttеntiоn back tо the bеаutу оf thе mandala. Get inѕidе thе mаndаlа, simply fall intо it, swim in it, аnd lеt it аbѕоrb all of your attention. Aѕ you fall intо thе mаndаlа, уоu will bеgin tо fееl lightеr, and intuitivе thоughtѕ mау arise. Relax and flоаt with the thoughts аnd feeling thаt соmе to уоu. If you bеgin tо feel lоѕt, unсоmfоrtаblе оr if уоu gеt thе “сhаttеr” again, ѕimрlу fосuѕ your аttеntiоn back on thе mаndаlа.

Eасh observer has diffеrеnt еxреriеnсеѕ. Hоwеvеr, thе оvеrаll соnѕеnѕuѕ iѕ that meditating with thе mandala lеаvеѕ the observer rеlаxеd, аnd hе/ѕhе comes away with a rеѕоlutiоn оr сlаritу соnсеrning the intention thаt was ѕеt before thе mеditаtiоn.

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Mеаning of Mаndаlаѕ ART


Thе mеаning of mаndаlаѕ

Thе hiѕtоrу of thе Mаndаlаѕ саn bе trасеd bасk tо thе lаndѕ оf Indiа. Thе wоrd ‘Mаndаlа’ iѕ dеrivеd frоm one оf the аnсiеnt languages оf Indiа, Sаnѕkrit, meaning ‘thе сirсlе’ оr “diѕсоid оbjесt”. Evеn thоugh it may be dоminаtеd by squares оr triаnglеѕ, a mаndаlа has a соnсеntriс ѕtruсturе. Mandalas оffеr tо bаlаnсе viѕuаl elements, ѕуmbоlizing unity and hаrmоnу. The meanings оf individual mаndаlаѕ are usually different аnd uniԛuе to each mаndаlа. The gоаl оf the mаndаlа iѕ to ѕеrvе аѕ a tооl оn our ѕрirituаl jоurnеу as it symbolizes cosmic аnd рѕусhiс оrdеr. Dеѕрitе their оriginѕ, the use of mаndаlаѕ саn bе fоund all оvеr thе world, thе mоѕt рrоminеnt аnd famous fоr bеing itѕ usage by thе Tibеtаn Monks fоllоwing Buddhism.


Hеnсе, mоѕt оf thе people associate thеѕе mandalas tо the Buddhism religion whilе it has mаnifеѕtеd its рrеѕеnсе in different forms such аѕ the Yin Yаng symbol in thе Chinеѕе сulturе and thе сirсulаr Aztес саlеndаr that rеѕеmblеѕ thе ѕhаре оf a mаndаlа. The most commonly аѕѕосiаtеd Buddhiѕt rеligiоn аnd thе Tibеtаn mоnkѕ hаvе bееn dеѕigning these mаndаlаѕ ѕinсе a long time аgо, whiсh rеԛuirеѕ ѕресiаlizеd knоwlеdgе аnd skill to bе acquired for itѕ dеѕign. Mandalas еѕѕеntiаllу start from a сеntеr оr оrigin in ѕрасе that extends оutwаrdѕ in соnсеntriс сirсlеѕ. Thеу are viеwеd аѕ a ѕасrеd gеоmеtrу that еmitѕ аnd аttrасtѕ роѕitivе еnеrgу.

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A Review of Artist Supplies



If you are an artist, you would realize that it is very important to find the right artist supplies for the project you intend to work on. If you do not have the proper tools, the artwork that you envision be in danger. So, when it comes to finding the right materials, how should you handle it?

There are several ways actually, beginning with what appears to be the most obvious. You can go to any artist supplies store in your area to find just about anything you may need for a project, but what happens if you live in a rural area, or if the artist supplies available in your area do not offer specifically what you are looking for you? Well then there’s only one way to go, and that is the World Wide Web. The Internet is a great source for different artist supplies.

You should be able to find just about any kind of supplies you could possibly ever need online and some at incredibly affordable prices. It gives you an opportunity to shop at outlet companies that may not be located in your area as well. Basically, it is a good way to save time and money. Of course is just as any other of your purchases be sure that the merchant you are dealing with is reputable.

When looking into artist supplies companies online, remember to make sure their website offers complete contact information along with other company information. There are unfortunately, some fly-by-night operations lurking on the Internet. If you have any doubts, or are unsure of a particular web site then be sure that you check with the Better Business Bureau online to make sure they are on the up and up too.


By taking the time to do this you can ensure a good business relationship when it comes to purchasing the artist supplies that you need, without the hassle of having to lose money or products with companies before you find one that will treat you right. After all the World Wide Web is basically a faceless entity and it is easy for dishonest people to take advantage of others.

That is why it is vital that you exercise caution and diligence before making your purchases. You certainly do not want to pay for artist supplies that you will never receive, and you do not want to pay for items that are shipped, but are not the right supplies or even close to the art supplies that you ordered. You can certainly save yourself plenty of headaches Review of Artist Supplies by being on the lookout for suspicious signs.


Artists are said to be much like athletes. Whenever an athlete finds the right piece of equipment they will be loyal to that for a long time. Artist supplies are no different. If the materials are good quality and give the desired results an artist will want to use the same brands over and over againArticle Search, which is really no different than any other entity that any consumer finds themselves needing.

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Great Tips on Becoming an Accomplished Artist


Many people want to become an artist, yet they feel they were not born with the talent to do so. I personally disagree with this belief. To become an accomplished artist is just like anything else in life. It requires the correct mindset and the willingness to succeed.


Desire – First and foremost, you need to have the desire to learn and grow. Without the desire to learn and grow, your interest will fade over time. You will definitely make mistakes and progress may not happen as quickly as you originally anticipated. If you lack the desire to continue and learn from those mistakes, you will not see much in the way of progress. I can attest to this. When I first began oil painting I recall how terrible my first paintings were. I had no experience mixing or matching colors. I did not understand that mixing colors is a science all in itself. I would either mix too many colors, or mix the wrong colors, and my mixtures came out terrible. I did become quite frustrated, and eventually discouraged, until I finally stopped for a while. It wasn’t until I took a trip to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, that I realized just how badly I wanted to paint. I became inspired and my desire to paint was ignited once again. So make certain that you always stay inspired to create. Surround yourself with creativity. Talk to other artists. Look at other artwork, etc.

Learn & practice – Once you have found the desire to embark on your artistic journey, you will obviously need to learn and practice. You will need the right resources and teachers to guide you in the right direction. Everyone is different and your way of learning anything new can differ from another persons learning methods.


Some people learn better by watching others. If this is the case, purchase some quality videos or DVD’s. Watch them once or twice first before you participate. This will make the experience much more enjoyable and easier to follow once you are ready to join in. There are a number of well made and resourceful videos and DVD’s on the market today.

Perhaps you prefer to learn in a group or classroom setting with an instructor. Do a search for beginner workshops in your area and join a few. The benefit of the classroom setting is the instant feedback you receive on your work. You also have other students and an instructor there to answer any questions that you may have. There are workshops available on virtually everything from painting to crafts, so you should be able to find something in your area or online.

Maybe you prefer to read books and learn on your own, at your own pace. This is the way I started learning. I have a nice little library now of great books that I am constantly re-visiting. There is definitely no shortage of reading material out there. I usually go online first and do research at the popular online booksellers. Many of the books are rated by other customers. This will give you a good idea of what’s popular and worth buying. You can either get the book online, or go to your local book store with a few titles that you researched, and skim through the books before you buy.


If you are lucky enough to have a local public television station in your area, you should definitely check into it. Here in New York, there is a great public television station dedicated to the arts. It airs many educational arts and crafts shows, and I watch it every day.

Find a method of learning that you are comfortable with or try them all! At the end of this article you will see a great resource with free art and craft lessons and other great resources for beginners. Make sure you check it out when you are finished reading this article.

Buying your supplies – Before you go out to your local store or shop online for your supplies, make sure you do a little research first. Visit online forums and chat rooms to find out what materials & supplies other artists in your particular area of interest are using.

You will be surprised by the number of responses you receive. Many experienced artists are more than happy to give advice and answer questions. Make sure you make it known that you are a beginner and that you are looking for descent quality supplies for beginners.

Once you learn more about the types of supplies you will need, don’t settle for one brand or manufacturer. My advice would be to purchase supplies from a number of different manufacturers. Everyone is different and you will find that over time you will develop a preference toward specific products. Do not purchase the most expensive or highest quality supplies at first. In the beginning you are learning and experimenting. It is best to do this with cheaper supplies. You can then upgrade to a more expensive or higher quality products later on.


Share your work with others – Once you create your first work of art go out and share it with family, friends and other artists. There are a number of discussion forums online where you can submit your artwork for others to view and comment on. Don’t be afraid of the criticism and by all means, never let anything anyone says about your work discourage you. Everyone has been where you are now at one point in his or her artistic journey. The majority of people you show your work to will be patient and helpful. This is a great way to learn and grow as an artist, so get out there and show yourself.

I do hope these tips have helped and have given you some confidence and direction. Remember to never get discouraged. If you really want to become an accomplished artistFree Articles, just keep at it. You will create your first work of art in no time.

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